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Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.

New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.


The History of Indian Corn

 
Enjoy the beauty and a bit of the history of the Indian corn used in your fall decorations. 

Indian corn was a food source not decoration for Native Americans.  It was also grown and used for centuries in China, India and South America.
 
But before you get ready to cook up this decorative corn be aware the starchy kernels are not sweet like the corn on the cob we are used to eating.  Instead these kernels are ground into flour, cornmeal or used for popping.
 
The beautiful multicolored ears of decorative Indian corn is a more recent attribute, resulting from more than 50 years of hybridizing.
 
Try growing your own next season.  Make sure to keep it separate from edible varieties or stagger harvest times so there is no risk of cross pollination, ruining the flavor of your sweet corn.
 
Allow the husks to dry before harvesting Indian corn used as decoration.
 
A bit more information:  Don’t worry if you didn’t grow your own or purchase Indian corn this fall.  You can make your own from pipe cleaners, beads, ribbon, and straw.  Gather a variety of beads reminiscent of Indian corn.  String the beads on the pipe cleaner to create mini ears of corn.  Adorn with straw and ribbon and your homemade decoration is complete.
 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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